The Creation of Flourishing Families
On November 12th 2010, Flourishing Families was established by Calendra Blanks and Canadra Jenkins. Both directors decided to make a change in the community by ending the increasingly growing homeless rate that has been climbing past thirteen percent in the Clarksville Community since 2000. A strategic plan was established on November 26th, 2010 once Flourishing Families became an organization united with the Chamber of Commerce. In April 2011 Flourishing Families became a 501(c)(3) and began helping the community even more.
Calendra Blanks is an Alumni of Austin Peay State University. She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology as well as her Bachelors of Science in Accounting at Austin Peay State University. She Also received her Masters of Business Administration. Calendra is currently seeking a second Master's in Non-Profit Management and aspires to obtain a Doctorate in Global Leadership. Calendra is the loving wife of David Blanks Jr. and mother of twin boys (Davion and Dijion Blanks) and a daughter (Nevaeh Blanks). Calendra Blanks is a proud member of Greater Missionary Baptist Church where she plays an active role in the dance ministry, health and nutrition ministry, and fitness ministry. Her hobbies include: art, volleyball, basketball, and relaxing with her family. As the founder of Flourishing Families, Calendra aspires to decrease the homeless rate, unemployment rate, and divorce rate in the United States. Calendra has traveled across the world to various countries such as Germany, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland and Spain. Her passion is to help all people.
Canadra Jenkins will be an Alumni of University of Maryland. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Sociology. She will also receive her Master's in Organizational Leadership and Management . She aspires to receive her Doctorate in Education in Organizational Leadership and Management. Canadra is a loving mother of daughter (Caniya Jones), son (Rahsaan Jones) and daughter (Amara Jenkins). Canadra Jenkins is a proud member of Greater Missionary Baptist Church where she plays an active role on the youth ministry, impact ministry, administration ministry and dance ministry. Her hobbies include: volleyball, basketball, and relaxing with her family. As the founder of Flourishing Families, Canadra aspires to help people find affordable housing, affordable childcare, and rehabilitate people who are willing to work hard for a change in their life. Canadra has traveled across the world to various countries such as Germany, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland and England. She hopes to become a national organization that can help more people in all states and various countries. Her passion is to help all people.